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jeff knoll
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moving expense

I am required to move by medical necessity order by my doctor. What, if any moving expense, can be treated as a medical expense 

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Employee Tax Expert

moving expense


Unfortunately, you won't be able to deduct any moving expenses due to moving because of medical reasons. I have included a link for you that explains the moving expenses deduction and why you can't deduct those expenses.

Thank you,

Lisa , EA 

Employee Tax Expert

moving expense

Publication 502 details what are deductible as medical expenses.


Moving expenses are not listed in this publication as a medical expense. 


I also did a brief search and was unable to find any tax court cases or PLRs that suggest the IRS has ever allowed a medical deduction for moving expenses. So I think they would be nondeductible per the general exclusion of moving expenses for anyone besides active duty military. 


Of note, a medical reason to move could be a reason to qualify for a partial exclusion of capital gain on a home you haven't lived in for two years. See Publication 523 on partial exclusion. But that is a different question than yours. 

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